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Good stuff to know (Our most often- asked questions)

No, we are not a nursery Originally our website was all about a native plant nursery, Wallace W Hansen Northwest Native Plants. But in 2011, all that changed when the nursery closed its doors for good. We felt it was imperative to preserve the vast amount of native plant information, so the website morphed from a commercial entity into what you see today: an ever-expanding non-profit repository of information about plants native to the Pacific Northwest. We donít have plants, we donít sell anything, we do share everything we know about native plants.

If you have questions about native plants, if thereís a plant you want help identifying, if you have thoughts or photos youíd like to share, hereís how to contact us:




Helpful websites:

Nurseries that have native plants

Garden designers that use natives

Websites for plant info

NW Native Plant Journal, 2nd quarter, 2015

The third quarter NW Native Plant Journal is here, a pleasant way to spend a summer afternoon. Print yourself a copy or load it on your cell phone, tablet or laptop. Grab a tall glass of iced tea and relax under your favorite tree or slide into your hammock. This issue of the journal is full of wildflowers and interesting things to do. It will be fun deciding how to spend these summer days. In the meantime, take an imaginary stroll through the pages of the journal. Here's the menu:

A good read--Intro to native plants

Perilous Plants--Natives (and others) with a dark side

Perennial discovery--Native Peonies

Summer fun--Gardens, field trips, volunteer

Wildflowers--Blooming their little hearts out

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Notice: Photos on this website, unless otherwise indicated, were taken by me (Jennifer Rehm), by the former nursery's staff photographer, JoAnn Onstott, or are in the public domain and are free for anyone to use.


(How I met the garden's master)

Once upon an autumn weekend (I think it was around 1995), a fellow gardener and I planned to visit a nursery close to Salem, Oregon. I'd found a small ad in the local newspaper's classifieds offering native plants for sale. The idea of including natives in our gardens was novel and intriguing. I was sparsely acquainted with this genre,

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